Like most Darkling Beetles, this species is black. It is special in that it also has a multicolored iridescence all over its body. The effect is similar to how oil on the ground reflects light: subtle, but clearly visible. The colors overlaying the black beetle may be red, green, blue, or a mix of many hues, and they stretch from head to rear end. The head and pronotum are covered in tiny pits or depressions, giving them texture. The flat head hangs low as if vacuuming the ground. The smooth wing coverings (elytra) have evenly spaced channels or lines running down them.
Look for this beetle in wooded areas under decomposing logs and on tree trunks. It has wings, but it often seen walking on leaf litter and wood chip trails on the ground.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.